Before you head outside today – are you fully covered?
Your skin is always working to protect you from a harsh environment, but how well are you protecting it? May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there have been more skin cancer cases over the past three decades than every other type of cancer combined.
Skin cancer is not difficult to prevent. Sunscreen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep yourself guarded against harmful UV rays, but it won't work if you're always missing a spot. Watch out for these vulnerable but forgettable areas:
- Behind your knees – Because most people bend their legs while applying sunscreen, the skin behind the knees is often overlooked or not thoroughly covered.
- The back of your neck – When you apply lotion to your back, don't forget to extend it all the way up your neck until you reach your hairline.
- Around your ears – The area in front of your ears and behind your ears is often left uncovered. Include this while doing your face.
- The top of your feet – This is an important area to hit if you are going barefoot or wearing sandals.
- Under your straps – This skin may be covered now, but bathing suits and tank tops can shift as you move.
- Your scalp – You may not be able to apply sunscreen here, but you can wear a hat or brush you hair in a way that covers your skin.
Even one severe sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer. If you notice any abnormalities on your skin, call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-256-7692. We can provide a physician referral and schedule an appointment.